I’ve been taking photographs since I was a little girl. However, I didn’t start calling myself a photographer until I was in my twenties. Prior to that, I assumed that I had to have a degree in the arts to call myself a photographer. I made the same assumption about writing too. Luckily, I realized that isn’t true. To understand a subject, you don’t need a formal degree. But you do need experience, determination, grit, and the willingness to keep learning throughout your life. One way I keep learning is by taking photographs each day.
After my step-dad, Mahlon, died in June 2012, I decided to focus on a creative project to honor Mahlon’s memory. I began a daily photography project called My Morning View: An iPhone Photography Project about Gratitude, Grief & Good Coffee on January 1, 2013.
Since then, I’ve been taking a daily photo of my morning view with my coffee cup in the frame. My daily photography project gave meaning to the grief I experienced, and it’s fostered creative self-discipline, optimism, joy, and a sense of adventure in my everyday life.
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